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The Finger-Lickin' Fone: A Plucky Effort?
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7/14/2017  |  4 comments
In China, consumers can now place a Kentucky Fried Phonecall.
Viva Tel Aviv: From Here to Ethernity
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5/11/2017  |  1 comment
I'm just back from a brief visit to Tel Aviv where I met a broad range of innovative teams from companies as diverse as AT&T, Sedona, Allot and Ethernity.
Have You Entered the Leading Lights?
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3/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Time is running out to get your entries in for the industry's most prestigious awards.
My, Light Reading, How You've Grown!
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2/21/2017  |  5 comments
The Light Reading group is now much more than the mothership website and the Heavy Reading analyst group -- the family has grown to include the Telecoms.com news site, dedicated communities and wiki-style databases.
If Anyone Mentions 6G to Me at MWC…
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2/21/2017  |  4 comments
I'm prepared for the worst that Barcelona can throw at me.
Is the Time Right for a Cisco/Ericsson Wedding?
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2/17/2017  |  19 comments
Ahead of MWC in Barcelona, talk has started to circulate that nuptials may be in line for Cisco and Ericsson.
Europe's Incredible Shrinking FTTH Price Tag
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2/16/2017  |  2 comments
A new analysis of the cost of taking fiber connections to each home across Europe presents a total cost that just keeps getting smaller – that's great, right?
Comptel Looks Like the Start of Nokia Software Spending Spree
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2/9/2017  |  1 comment
Nokia has bid to acquire Comptel for €347 million and that looks like just the start of an M&A adventure, one that seems fraught with traps.
10 Key Tasks for Ericsson's New CEO
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1/16/2017  |  3 comments
Börje Ekholm started his new job as the CEO of Ericsson today – here are 10 things I'd like to see in his first 10 weeks at the helm of the Swedish giant.
Welcome, Capex Disclosure Season
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1/5/2017  |  3 comments
We're about to find out what the major players are planning to spend on their networks in 2017.
Getting Hotter: Fog, LTE-A Pro, MANO, NB-IoT & SD-WAN
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12/23/2016  |  2 comments
The first few months of 2017 are likely to feature significant developments around a number of key technologies and industry developments.
Virtuapedia Community Hits 10,000
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12/20/2016  |  Post a comment
More than 10,000 industry professionals have now registered with the online database for the virtualization community.
Test & Measurement – A Niche No More
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12/15/2016  |  Post a comment
With more than 650 companies and industry organizations signed up to the Testapedia database, the test and measurement sector is clearly thriving.
Telecoms Sideswiped by the Digital Market Transition
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12/8/2016  |  8 comments
The telecoms sector has taken a hefty glancing blow in the past six months, hitting sales and confidence. And that made me think of John Chambers…
Ericsson Gets a Wake-Up Call
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11/9/2016  |  9 comments
Former executive and now head of innovation at Sweden's national carrier writes a blunt open letter to the new Ericsson CEO.
Broadband's Multidimensional Shift & Why It Needs to Embrace the Cloud
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10/20/2016  |  Post a comment
The broadband world is no longer just about faster connectivity – underpinning the distributed cloud is its key role now.
Ewaldsson Grows His Ericsson Empire
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9/20/2016  |  1 comment
Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson adds strategy to his existing responsibility for technology at the Swedish vendor, which has yet to appoint a new permanent CEO.
I Didn't Know Obama Owned the Internet
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9/9/2016  |  11 comments
Senator Ted Cruz doesn't want Obama to 'give away the Internet' – well, OK, but…
What Is Holland? And Who Are the Dutch?
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9/7/2016  |  2 comments
IBC starts this week in the Netherlands, or is it Holland? It's certainly being supported by the Dutch.
Facebook Gets Its Drone On
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7/22/2016  |  7 comments
The social media giant's solar-powered Aquila drone, designed to provide Internet access to remote locations, has taken to the skies – but why?
ADVA Has a Growth Spurt but Margins Lag
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7/21/2016  |  1 comment
European vendor's momentum continues into 2016 as it reports impressive sales growth, only some of which comes from its Overture acquisition, but its profitability isn't keeping up.
UFO Brings Hope to FTTH Altnets
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7/21/2016  |  2 comments
A fiber-to-the-home broadband trial in the city of York using CityFibre's network looks likely to lead to more competitive ultra-broadband services across the UK.
Beware the Bottleneck! Why 5G Is Driving an Ultra-Broadband Boom
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7/13/2016  |  3 comments
The notion of 5G most commonly conjures up a vision of incredibly high-speed wireless/mobile broadband connectivity, but right now it's fixed line broadband that is key to operators' 5G plans.
Brexit: It's Hard to See an Upside
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6/29/2016  |  14 comments
The UK's decision to quit the European Union has had global reverberations but it's hard to tell exactly how bad the aftershocks will be.
Can US Market Barriers Come Down? Bill Owens Hopes So
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6/10/2016  |  7 comments
CenturyLink Chairman Bill Owens believes the communications industry needs greater collaboration and, to achieve that, the US needs to lower some barriers.
Network Security: Innovation in Isolation?
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6/8/2016  |  3 comments
The need for service provider collaboration on next-generation network security innovation is my key takeaway from a brief visit to the InfoSecurity show in London.
Why I'm Heading to Austin for BCE
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5/20/2016  |  3 comments
I've got my travel coffee-making set already packed for the long trip from London to Austin, Texas: Here's a whole host of reasons why I should see you there.
ADVA Lays Bare Its Virtual Switch
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5/9/2016  |  Post a comment
ADVA has further developed the virtual switch technology it brought on board with the acquisition of Overture and is ready to pitch it into commercial NFV environments following an independent evaluation of the technology.
The Key Steps to NFV Success
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4/20/2016  |  Post a comment
A new report outlines the state of play in the network functions virtualization (NFV) world and provides an eight-step strategy for network operators based on the experiences of the early adopters.
Hall of Fame 2016: Who's in the Running?
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4/13/2016  |  Post a comment
Who deserves to be welcomed into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year? Let's take a look – and you can vote for your favorites.
Leading Lights 2016: There's Still Time
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3/29/2016  |  Post a comment
There's still time to enter this year's Leading Lights awards -- here are the details you need.
5G: Rewriting the Comms Rule Book
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3/24/2016  |  7 comments
The impending arrival of 5G will create a whole new generation gap.
White Box Is the 'Big Prize' – AT&T's Donovan
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2/25/2016  |  6 comments
AT&T's John Donovan made it pretty clear this week that white box networking is going to play a massive role in the next-generation networks of telecom operators.
MWC Day 1 Diary: The Extreme Submarine & a Caffeine Hit
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2/22/2016  |  2 comments
Caffeine, the latest virtual acronym, the Extreme Submarine and Barcelona's most atmospheric photo opp all featured on the first morning of this year's MWC.
Putting Virtualized Security to the Test
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2/19/2016  |  Post a comment
Our latest independent test report has put Cisco's security systems through their paces.
Your Company's Called What?
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2/19/2016  |  18 comments
Welcome to the wonderful world of corporate branding.
Win a Genuine Telecom Artifact at This Year's Leading Lights Awards
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2/11/2016  |  Post a comment
There's a skeleton in the Leading Lights closet this year…
Juniper Buying BTI: Is That Enough?
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1/28/2016  |  3 comments
Juniper looks like it's on the offensive and defensive with the acquisition of data center interconnect (DCI) specialist BTI Systems but will it need to do more?
Now Nokia Steps Up for VNF Testing
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1/25/2016  |  5 comments
Nokia's Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG) are the latest virtual functions to get an independent evaluation.
Hyperoptic Is Apoplectic
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1/19/2016  |  Post a comment
The UK government's conclusion that there is no consensus over the need for FTTP has angered the altnet.
Finn de Siècle for Alcatel-Lucent
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1/14/2016  |  8 comments
Alcatel-Lucent has become part of Nokia, spelling the end for two of the giant brands of the legacy telecom era.
Job Alert! BT Needs a New CTO
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1/11/2016  |  6 comments
Critical appointment for UK incumbent as it once again adds mobile to the mix and takes its first steps towards a virtualized cloud infrastructure.
Twitter's Legal Battle in Turkey Has Wider Implications
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1/8/2016  |  3 comments
Microblogging giant is taking legal action to quash a fine imposed by Turkey's communications watchdog.
Who Might Replace HPE at Telefónica?
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12/24/2015  |  4 comments
Telefónica has dumped Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as its lead virtualization partner -- so who might step into HPE's shoes? Huawei and NEC look best placed of the equipment vendors but an independent integrator might be favored.
Twitter's 'State-Sponsored' Hacking Warning Is Another Wake-Up Call
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12/14/2015  |  2 comments
You're not paranoid -- governments want your data.
NIA Phase 2 Test: VNF Management
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12/10/2015  |  1 comment
With the Phase 1 test completed and a report published, the New IP Agency (NIA) is prepping its Phase 2 NFV test with a focus on VNF management.
Cisco + Ericsson: From Soup to Nuts
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11/13/2015  |  2 comments
If this week's coverage of 'Ciscosson' left you digitally indigested, as if you'd swallowed a John Chambers-sized meatball, then here's a tasty roundup.
The Threat to Telcos' Future: Malcolm Orr Just Nailed It
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11/13/2015  |  8 comments
If you work at a telco or a vendor that sells to traditional communications service providers, you need to watch this short video interview.
Cisco + Ericsson: Friends With Benefits
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11/9/2015  |  5 comments
Cisco and Ericsson have been forced into each other's arms by that other courting couple, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.
Cisco NFVi Evaluation: The Full Picture
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11/6/2015  |  Post a comment
The complete story of EANTC's independent test of Cisco's NFV infrastructure (NFVi) is now available as a PDF download.
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Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
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Cisco: Mentoring Critical to Attract & Retain Women

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Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Computing System Product Group, shares why mentoring in all its forms is important for women and what Cisco is doing that's made a difference for women in tech.
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Gigabit LTE With Snapdragon 835

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At an event in Wembley stadium, EE used its live network to demonstrate gigabit LTE using a Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.
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Implementing Machine Intelligence With Guavus

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Guavus unites big data and machine intelligence, enabling many of the the largest service providers in the world to save money and drive measureable revenue. Learn how applying Machine Intelligence substantially reduces operational costs and in many cases can eliminate subscriber impact, meaning a better subscriber experience and higher NPS.
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Unlocking Customer Experience Insights With Machine Intelligence

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When used to analyze operational data and to drive operational decisions, machine intelligence reduces the number of tasks which require human intervention. Guavus invested in Machine Intelligence early. Learn about the difference between Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence.
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Verizon VP Talks Network, Career Planning

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Heidi Hemmer, vice president of Technology, Strategy & Planning at Verizon, shares how bold bets and the future of tech define her career.
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Masergy's NFV Journey

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Ray Watson, vice president of global technology at Masergy, discusses the advantages and challenges in entering the still-maturing NFV market for the past three years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Mavenir on RCS Cloud Platform & Multi-ID

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Guillaume Le Mener, head of marketing and corporate development at Mavenir, discussed RCS and the recent launch of Multi-ID, which supports T-Mobile's DIGITS, the revolutionary new technology that breaks down the limitation of one number per phone and one phone per number.
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ADTRAN Executive Outlines Trends in Next-Generation 10-Gigabit Cable Networks

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Hossam Salib, VP of Cable and Wireless Strategy at ADTRAN, outlines key trends as MSOs begin to deploy next-generation Gigabit and 10-Gigabit cable networks. In the interview, Hossam outlines the advantages of a Fiber Deep architecture, FTTH options including EPON and RFoG, and the importance of SDN and NFV in building next-generation high-bandwidth cable networks.
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Global Capacity: Bandwidth Demand Driving Ethernet Growth

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At Light Reading's Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, Global Capacity's VP of Marketing Mary Stanhope talks about how the demand for bandwidth is changing the way service providers deliver broadband services.
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Colt's Services Chief on Digital Delivery

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Rogier Bronsgeest, the chief customer experience officer (chief CEO!) at Colt, discusses the way in which the service provider interacts with its customers these days and his aggressive net promoter score (NPS) targets.
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BT VP: Women Should Fill Security Talent Gap

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By 2020 there will be six security jobs for every qualified worker, and Kate Kuehn, vice president of Security for BT in the Americas, says BT wants to encourage women to fill the shortage in jobs.
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Colt Sales Exec on Services Trends

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Colt's sales director for enterprise, James Kershaw, sheds some light on the services currently in demand and how network upgrades are influencing customer demand.
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